Updated: May 21, 2015

Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, Central Oregon

When it comes to skiing in Oregon, two areas stand out - the Mt. Hood region with 3 ski areas, and in Central Oregon, Mt. Bachelor with just a single ski resort. Mount Bachelor is located in Central Oregon on the east side of the Cascade Range. Mount Bachelor gets its name from a group of nearby peaks to the north called the Three Sisters - the guy standing to the south alone is the bachelor. Often misspelled as Mt. Batchelor, the mountain is closest to the big city of Bend which is about 25 minutes away. The closest area with lodging for Mt. Bachelor is at Sunriver, a large resort about 18 miles away from the mountain. There is no lodging at the ski mountain itself, so you must drive or take a shuttle bus to get there each day. A shuttle bus services the main lodge at Sunriver twice in the morning - check with the lodge for the daily schedule. The normal ski season runs from the end of November until mid-May, depending on snow conditions (they get more than 350 inches of snow per year, with an average base of more than 150 inches).



Mount Bachelor Ski Lift Hours and Tickets

The official website for Mt. Bachelor is MtBachelor.com. The normal operating hours of the ski lifts is from 9AM-4PM on weekdays, 8-4 on weekends. Nine ski lifts service more than 70 runs over almost 3500 acres. The base village is at 6300 feet above sea level, with a summit towering over 9000 feet, giving you plenty of vertical elevation to work with. They have large areas dedicated to the art of snowboarding as well, including the Superpipe (400 feet long), the Air Chamber (mile long snowpark with tons of rails and tables), Slopestyle, iPark, and Sunshine Park. Like most ski areas, lift tickets here are not cheap. The regular lift ticket prices are as follows (as of 2007):
  • Adult - $52, $58 holidays
  • Teen - (13-18) - $44, $50 holidays
  • Youth - (6-12) - $32, $37
  • Children 5 and Under - FREE!
  • Seniors - (65-69) - $44, $50
  • Seniors 70+ - FREE!
  • Late arrival tickets purchased after 11:45AM are reduced a big $6.
  • Multi Day tickets (2 out of 3 days) are slightly discounted, $99 for adults.
  • Season Passes - $999 adult to $449 for youths

Renting ski boots and gear is pretty easy here. You register on the computer first so that your size information is on file, then proceed to get boots. Your boots are barcoded so ski bindings are automatically set up quickly to fit your boots. If you are a frequent skier, look into their season rentals which are just $169 for big people and $139 for little people -- a great deal compared to the daily rates. Adults 13+ pay $30 or $38 per day for renting either boots, poles, and skis or snowboard and boots (the $38 price is for upgraded, sport equipment). Smaller kids are $24 per day. You can get fitted and pick up the gear at the end of the day prior to your rental period (ie, renting skis on Friday, if you are in the area on Thursday, come by between 3-4PM to get fitted and pick up your gear, saving you time in the morning). Cross country skiing at Mt. Bachelor is also popular, with trail passes costing $13-$16 for adults.

Mount Bachelor Conditions - Snow Conditions and Road Conditions

If you are planning a quick trip out to Mt. Bachelor for a weekend or day of skiing, then it is important to check the snow report for ski and road conditions before setting out. Driving to Bachelor from the Bend or Sunriver area is not too treacherous - there are no big mountain passes or alpine roads to traverse - just a steady, slight uphill drive to the West Village Lodge. Fortunately, Mt. Bachelor has a nice Internet friendly website (http://www.mtbachelor.com/winter/services/dor) with live webcams showing snow conditions and crowds at a variety of locations, like the main lift and parking areas and summit. They also provide up to date statistics on snow base, temperatures at village and summit, lift operation info, and the prior day's snowfall amount. If you don't have Internet access, write down this phone number and take it with you - (541) 382-7888 -- that's the Mt. Bachelor Snowphone with recorded daily information on snow and road conditions. The same page above also has links at the bottom that take you to more detailed weather forecast pages for Mt. Bachelor, along with more detailed info on road conditions and grooming report.

Mount Bachelor Trail Map

There are two parking areas as you arrive at Mt. Bachelor. The first area is called Sunrise Lodge, which provides access to the Sunrise Express and Rainbow Chair. The Summit Express lift is accessible from the top of either of those lifts. Another 2 miles along the road takes you to the larger West Village area. This is where the tubing hills are located as well. Pine Marten Express and the Red Chair take you up from here - you can get to Skyliner Express to the left or get to the backside of the mountain here and catch the Outback Express and Northwest Express Lifts that service that side. They offer a nice interactive trail map for Mount Bachelor show all runs and lifts here.